Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award Guide [MA000118]

Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award Guide [MA000118]

Table of content

  1. What is the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award ?
  2. Who is covered by the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award ?
  3. How are the hours of work arranged in the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award  ?
  4. How are wages and allowances calculated in the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award ?
  5. How is the leave managed in the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award ?
  6. How can Workstem assist you?

This article provides guidelines on the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award  package. For more information on this award, please refer to the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award .

What is the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award ?

The Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award is an honour given to individuals, organisations, or establishments that have shown exceptional dedication and contributions in the field of animal care and veterinary services.

It recognizes their efforts in promoting animal health and welfare through advancements in veterinary medicine, innovative treatment methods, successful animal welfare programs, or outstanding care and support to animals in need. The award aims to celebrate their achievements and inspire others to make a positive impact on animal lives.

Who is covered by the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award ?

Coverage

The Animal and Veterinary Services Award recognizes employers and employees in the veterinary surgery and animal care industry. This includes private veterinary surgery practices and community-based charity organisations, such as the RSPCA, working to prevent animal cruelty.

Examples of employees covered by the  Animal and Veterinary Services Award include:

  • veterinary surgeons
  • veterinary nurses
  • animal attendants and assistants
  • receptionists
  • practice managers
  • animal care industry inspectors.

The Animal and Veterinary Services Award extends to labour hire businesses and their employees who are placed within organisations in the veterinary surgery and animal care industry.

The following employers and employees are not covered by the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award :

  • private boarding kennels
  • dog grooming businesses
  • dog walkers
  • wildlife educator
  • animal transport
  • animal technician
  • research Veterinary technician.

The Animal and Veterinary Services Award excludes employers and employees who are covered by the Amusement Award, Food and Beverage Manufacturing Award, Horse and Greyhound Award, or Pastoral Award.

Source: Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award [MA000118] clauses 2, 4 and schedule A

How are the hours of work arranged in the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award  ?

Hours of work

  • Ordinary hours of work: The average is 38 hours per week, not exceeding 152 hours in a 28-day period or an average of 38 hours over an agreed roster cycle.
  • Maximum shift length: The ordinary hours for any single shift should not exceed 10 hours, excluding meal breaks.
  • Span of hours for day work: The ordinary hours of work are scheduled between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm from Monday to Sunday.
  • Continuity of work: The ordinary hours of work are to be worked continuously, with the exception of meal breaks, at the discretion of the employer.
  • Flexibility in span of hours: The employer and an individual employee may agree to alter the span of hours.
  • Provisions for veterinary surgeons: Travel time required for work and daily work rosters are included. Associates (excluding casuals) should receive a minimum of 3 full days off per fortnight, with accumulated days off and time off paid out if not utilised within 6 weeks.
  • Make-up time: Employees can elect to work make-up time with employer consent, where they take time off during ordinary hours and work those hours later within the specified spread of ordinary hours.

Breaks

Unpaid Meal Break

  • Each employee must be allowed an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes between the fourth and fifth hour of work.
  • The timing of the meal break can be adjusted by agreement between the employer and the employee in cases of emergency, staff accident, or illness.

Paid Rest Break

  • All employees (excluding associates) should receive a paid rest break of 10 minutes after working for 4 hours, where practicable.
  • If an employee works 7.6 hours per day, they are entitled to two 10-minute paid rest breaks.
  • Rest breaks should be scheduled in a way that does not disrupt the continuity of work when continuity is necessary.
  • By agreement, the rest breaks can be combined into a single 20-minute paid rest break.
  • Rest breaks are considered as part of the time worked and should be counted accordingly.

How are wages and allowances calculated in the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award ?

Minimum rates

  •  Animal care industry inspectors

Classification

Minimum annual salary Minimum hourly rate

Inspector Level 1

60,082 $

30.41 $

Inspector Level 2 63,388 $

32.08 $

Senior Inspector Level 3 68,484 $

34.66 $

  • Practice managers, Veterinary nurses, Receptionists, Animal attendants and Assistants

Classification

Minimum weekly rate

(full-time employee)

Minimum hourly rate

Introductory level 859.30 $

22.61 $

Level 1 882.80 $ 23.23 $

Level 2

954.00 $ 25.11 $
Level 3 995.00 $

26.18 $

Level 4

1085.60 $ 28.57 $
Level 5—Practice manager 1140.70 $

30.02 $

  • Veterinary surgeons

Classification

Minimum annual salary

Minimum hourly rate

Level 1A

60,082 $

30.41 $

Level 1B 63,388 $

32.08 $

Level 2

68,484 $

34.66 $

Level 3

75,237 $

38.08 $

Level 4 84,985 $

43.01 $

  • Junior rates

Age

%

Under 17 years of age

50%

17 years of age

60%

18 years of age

70%

19 years of age

80%

20 years of age

90%

Note: To calculate hourly rates for veterinary surgeons, the annual rates are divided by 52, rounded to the nearest $0.10, and then divided by 38.

*For more information about minimum rates, please refer to the complete version of Fair Work.

Overtime and Penalty Rates

  • Weekend rates and public holiday penalties—other than shiftwork

Full time and part-time employees Casual employees

% of minimum hourly rate

Saturday

First 3 hours (after 1 pm) 150% 175%

After 3 hours

200%

225%

Sunday

200%

225%

Public holiday

250%

275%

  • Shiftwork penalty rates

a) 115% of the minimum hourly rate for a shift finishing after 8:00 pm.

b) 130% of the minimum hourly rate for a shift where the majority of hours on the shift occur between midnight and 8:00 am.

c) 115% of the minimum hourly rate for a shift commencing at or before 6:30 am.

  • Weekend and public holiday rates—shiftwork

a) 150% of the minimum hourly rate for ordinary hours on a Saturday shift.

b) 200% of the minimum hourly rate for ordinary hours on a Sunday shift.

c) 250% of the minimum hourly rate for ordinary hours on a public holiday shift.

Allowance

Allowances

Rate

Wage-related allowances – other than veterinary surgeons

Broken shift allowance

$15.92 per shift (once per 24 hours)

First aid

$19.50 per week

On-call

  • Monday to Friday inclusive: $20.60 for each 24-hour period or part thereof
  • Saturday: $30.94 for each 24-hour period or part thereof
  • Sunday, public holiday, rostered off duty: $36.02 for each 24-hour period or part thereof

Wage-related allowances – veterinary surgeons

On-call duty

  • Minimum amount per period of on-call duty: $50.35
  •  Active duty: Relevant hourly rate during active duty

Expense-related allowances – all employees

Clothing and laundry allowance

  • Uniform cost: Equivalent allowance
  • Laundry allowance: $6.51 per week
  • Vehicle/travel allowance
  • Reasonable travel expenses: Covered by employer
  • Motor vehicle: $0.95 per kilometre
  •  Motorcycle: $0.32 per kilometre

Expense-related allowances – other than veterinary surgeons

Meal allowance

  • First meal: $13.71
  • Second meal and subsequent meals: $11.78 for each period of 4 hours overtime worked

Expense-related allowances – veterinary surgeons

Communication systems

  • Equipment cost reimbursement and running costs or allowance: Covered by employer

How is the leave managed in the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award ?

In the Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award , leave entitlements for employees are determined by the National Employment Standards (NES) and the classification of the employee.

Annual leave

Annual leave is provided for in the NES.

During annual leave, employees receive an additional payment called annual leave loading, calculated based on the wage rate in clause 15 and in addition to the NES payment.(b) The loading rates are as follows:

  • For employees on day work: 17.5% of wage rate or the relevant weekend penalty rates, whichever is greater (but not both).
  • For employees on shiftwork: 17.5% of wage rate or the shift loading (including relevant weekend penalty rates), whichever is greater (but not both).

Public holidays

Public holidays are provided for in the NES.

Payment for public holidays – other than veterinary surgeons

  • Work on a public holiday or substituted day is paid at 250% of the minimum hourly rate with a minimum payment of 4 hours.
  • Hours worked before or after a part-day public holiday count towards the minimum payment/engagement period.
  • If both a public holiday and substitute day/part-day are worked, the employee can choose which day to receive public holiday penalties.

Payment for public holidays – veterinary surgeons

  • Full-time or part-time associates receive 200% of the minimum hourly rate for work on a public holiday.
  • Part-time associates with a normal roster including a public holiday get the holiday without loss of pay or payment for working on it.
  • Casual associates receive 200% of the minimum hourly rate, except for substitute days.
  • On Christmas Day falling on a Saturday or Sunday, permanent associates receive the Saturday or Sunday rate plus a 50% loading and a substitute day.

Special provisions for associates who normally work on weekends

  • Non-Monday to Friday full-time associates or part-time associates regularly working on weekends are covered.
  • Compensation options are provided if a prescribed public holiday falls on a non-working day.
  • Full-time associates have options based on their schedule and can receive an alternative day off, additional annual leave, or additional wages.
  • Part-time associates have options based on their schedule and can receive an alternative day off or payment for an additional day of equal length.
  • An alternative day off means additional leave or wages based on the associate’s schedule.
  • Full-time associates not working a 5-day week are paid for worked hours and 7.6 hours if a public holiday falls on their non-working day.
  • Provisions for part-day public holidays apply on a pro-rata basis for the number of ordinary hours.

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